Last year, I decided I needed to take a break from blogging. The short version is that I didn’t find it enjoyable anymore. But the long version is more complicated. Of course I loved, and still do love, sharing my life in food with y’all, but I had too much on my plate at once (no pun intended) to the point where blogging felt like homework.
It took a while to figure out what I needed to do differently to enjoy this again, but the answer was simple in the end: I have to do it my way – no forced trips to the grocery store to cook when I don’t need to, no making food for people just because they ask, no churning out posts unless they are my best and worth your time.
I want what I put up here to always mean something to me and to you. I also want to be more focused, and that focus was easy: cooking smarter, not harder. That’s what The Smart Cookie Cook recipes have always been about, making the best food in the smartest way. It’s about creativity, time-saving, and money-saving.
I’ve got so much food I’m dying to share with you after all this time, but I figured a good place to start is what we’ve missed. This is our recap of the past nine Cookie-less months.
I went to California.
I added Les Mills™ CXWORX™ to my certified instructor repetoire.
I love teaching group fitness, so I decided to take on another program. CXWORX is a 30-minute core training class, and it’s a killer! It’s a huge physical challenge for me, and the training weekend was one of the hardest things I’ve done, but it was so satisfying to pass certification. I highly recommend seeking out a CXWORX class near you. It’s a fitness game-changer.
I furthered my BODYSTEP™ instructor education.
After taking on a second program, I realized I was ready to be a better instructor in my first love, BODYSTEP, so I attended an Advanced Instructor Module. It was such a beneficial day. I couldn’t have imagined it possible to learn so much in one day.
I celebrated my 23rd birthday in style.
I kept on cooking.
Although it was nice to cook without any pressure, or writing down recipes, or needing to do a photoshoot before I could eat anything, I am looking forward to sharing some of the creations I dreamed up in our time away. Please note all the CHEESE!
I helped two cats find homes.
Earlier last year, Ryan and I fell in love with a Tortie cat at a local shelter, but we were unable to adopt her. After a bit of guilt-tripping, Sister Cookie drove 4 hours from her home in NJ to adopt the cat herself. We also found a home with Ryan’s family for an abandoned long-haired beauty that showed up on our doorstep in the dead of winter.
I nailed my Halloween costume with Ryan.
I went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.
It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime chances, so I jumped on it and joined my friends in NYC! I don’t know that it’s something I ever have the desire to do again, but I DID get to see the Hello Kitty balloon in person!
We hit our 5-year anniversary of The Smart Cookie Cook!